Mackinac Island is a photographer’s dream. Scenic vistas, majestic horses, Victorian architecture and, of course, the Mighty Mac. But, professional level photography is not for everyone. Enter the selfie. So, I did what any millennial would do and toured the island in hopes of finding the perfect spot to send that “wish you were here” snapchat or text.
One of nature’s wonders, Arch Rock is a must-see sight for anyone visiting the island. As I rode my bike around the island, I had to make a stop to climb the 200-plus stairs to Arch Rock. (Don’t worry if you’re not in the climbing mood, it’s also accessible from the other side where many carriages stop while touring the island). I always knew Arch Rock was stunning from photos, but seeing it in person gives you a special appreciation it. Take this opportunity to grab a quick snap in front….
…..while also climbing the stairs to take a selfie back at the water. At Arch Rock, you’re about 150 feet above water, giving you a great view.
A small cave on the southwestern shore of the island, Devil’s Kitchen is accessible while walking or biking the 8-mile loop around the island. While it’s a very shallow cave, it attracts many visitors because of its ease of access from the road. The blackened limestone and “mouth-like” shape of the cave make it a perfect photo opp.
One of my favorite places on the island is Mission Point. After a day of exploring all of the shops and restaurants filled with people in downtown Mackinac, Mission Point is the perfect place to bring a book and enjoy the peace and quiet – and the magnificent views.
Any view of the Mackinac Bridge
Let’s face it, one of the most iconic images of Mackinac is the bridge, so no trip is complete without a selfie with the Mighty Mac. And if you’re anything like me, one is probably not enough. As I biked around the island, I couldn’t help but stop every half mile to snap another photo of the world-famous suspension bridge. My grandfather worked on the bridge when he was in college, so I’ve always felt a special connection to it and couldn’t help but send my tech-savvy grandpa a selfie with the bridge.